Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies


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  • The program follows in the footsteps of the Assumption College Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling Program, which is ranked among the top 50 Rehabilitation Counseling graduate program in the nation by U.S. News
  • Our student-centered approach emphasizes academic excellence, convenience, ongoing communication, and interaction with professors, administrators, and professionals.
  • Faculty have interest, investment, and experience in teaching online courses, utilizing a nurturing approach and
  • communication to encourage students and keep them engaged throughout their entire degree program.
  • The Program is asynchronous; students can learn at a time that is convenient to their own schedule each week.
  • Multiple learning modalities, including online, experiential, practice and team approach, are incorporated.
  • An outcomes-based learning model is employed: through the practical application of knowledge and through career preparation, students demonstrate that they have learned the required skills and content offered in the Program.
  • With over 40 years of teaching Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies, Assumption’s Program is rich in history, experience, and achievement.
  • We have provided degrees to hundreds of working professionals in the Human Services field throughout New England and the United States.
  • Graduates of this program are qualified to work with children, adults, and the elderly with a broad range of disabilities, special needs, substance abuse issues and economic circumstances in diverse work settings.
  • The Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies Program provides a strong undergraduate foundation for graduate professional education in a variety of health and human service-related fields, including rehabilitation counseling, school counseling, social work, special education, speech-language pathology, counseling psychology, school psychology, adjustment counseling, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, and more.

CCE at Assumption College has entered into a growing list of articulation agreements with most community colleges throughout Massachusetts as well as other state community colleges. These transfer agreements allow a seamless, easy, and direct transfer of all credits from your community college associate degree program into CCE at Assumption’s bachelor program.

Quinebaug Community College

Bristol Community College
Bunker Hill CC
Cape Cod CC
Holyoke CC
MassBay CC
Mount Wachusett CC
North Shore CC
Northern Essex CC
Quinsigamond CC
Roxbury CC

Anne Arundel Community College
Carroll Community College
College of Southern Maryland

The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies requires completion of 40 courses/120 credits, with at least 15 courses/45 credits taken through CCE at Assumption College.

The program includes the CCE Core, a common core of 10 liberal arts courses designed to provide a foundation of knowledge in ethics, writing, theology, philosophy, literature, history, mathematics, natural science, and foreign languages. Human Services core requirements are also required, consisting of 9 courses/27 credits, plus an internship/elective pool of 12 credits. Students choose electives consisting of 14 courses/42 credits.

CCE Core
(10 courses, 30 credits)
•    English Composition
•    Business Writing OR Professional & Academic Writing
•    The Bible
•    Introduction to Philosophy
•    One Philosophy or Theology elective
•    One Literature course
•    One Survey History course
•    One course in Mathematics (MAT 111E or higher)
•    Two courses chosen from Natural Science and/or Foreign Language

Human Services Courses
(9 courses, 27 credits)
•    Introduction to Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies
•    Human Development and Disability Across the Lifespan
•    Addiction: Etiology, Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation
•    Medical Aspects of Disability
•    Rehabilitation Strategies and Interventions
•    Client Information and Assessment
•    Psychiatric Rehabilitation
•    Interviewing Techniques in Human and Rehabilitation Services
•    Principles of Case Management

(12 credits–combination) *
Internship Track A: Completion of HRS 400E ­– 100 hour internship (3 credits). 9 additional credits will be needed from the elective pool of classes.
Internship Track B: Completion of HRS 400E and HRS 401E totaling a 200 hour internship (6 credits earned with completion of HRS 400E and HRS 401E). 6 additional credits will be needed from the elective pool of classes.
Internship Track C: Completion of HRS 400E, HRS 401E and HRS 402E totaling a 300 hour internship (9 credits earned with completion of HRS 400E, HRS 401E, and HRS 402E). 3 additional credits will be needed from the elective pool of classes.
Internship Track D: HRS 490E ­– 400 hour internship ­– 12 credits earned. There are no additional credits needed.

*  Related work experience may be applicable to internship hours.

Perspectives Required 
(3 courses, 9 credits)
Students are also required to complete a total of 3 courses with at least one course in each of the following areas for the major in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies. NOTE: Alternative elective courses may be selected with approval from their academic advisor or the Director of Continuing & Career Education.

Psychological Perspective (choose one):
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Personality
Psychology of Adolescence & Maturity
Psychology of Development: Infancy & Childhood
Social Psychology
Psychology of Learning

Cultural Perspective (choose one):
Cultural Anthropology
Women and Men in a Cross-cultural Perspective
North American Indian
Interaction with Indians in North America
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Gender Issues in Society
Aging in Society   
Psychology of Aging
Psychology of Women
History of African Americans  
Women & the American Experience
The Sociology of Urban Life
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Women’s Studies I: Images
Special Topics: Cultural Competencies for H.S. Professionals

Societal, Family Perspective (choose one):      
Social Problems       
The Family in Society           
Family Aspects of Disability          
Schools and Society

(14 courses, 42 credits)
Students are encouraged to choose from other course offerings in HRS, PSY and SOC or other disciplines within Humanities.